The Blue Ridge Entrepreneurial Council (BREC) is partnering with the Small Business Technology and Development Center to educate people in western N.C. about potential research grants and potential government procurement contracts.

The next BREC meeting will focus on the topic of federal grants and contracts. It is scheduled for Feb. 17 at the AB Tech Enka Haynes Center in Asheville at 5:30 PM. The cost is $15 and dinner is included.

The meeting date is also the deadline for regional entrepreneurs to submit a business plan for the March 16th meeting of the Blue Ridge Angel Investor Network (BRAIN).

BRAIN is a quarterly meeting of regional high net worth individuals that are looking to make investments in early stage companies. It has raised over $500,000 for a company since the inaugural meeting last March.